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Bobcats of the week of May 21, 2007

Rich McNeil '10
Bates first-year Rich McNeil(Lawrence, Mass.) continued his outstanding rookie year on the track and field team last weekend at the ECAC Division III Track and Field Championships at SUNY Oneonta.McNeil was a surprise fifth-place finisher in the hammer throw on Thursday with a top throw of 157-02. The following day he heaved the discus 149 feet and 10 inches for second place, behind only Nick Orfanella of Lebanon Valley (152-11) for the title.

McNeil learned on Sunday that he made the field to compete at the NCAA Championships next week in the discus throw, where he'll join junior teammate Noah Gauthier (Amherst, N.H.), who will compete in the hammer throw.

McNeil will be one of only three first-year throwers in the discus throw competition at nationals.

Women's Varsity 8+ '07
Bates last week earned its first bid to the NCAA Division III Women's Rowing Championships. Ranked No. 4 in this week's College Rowing Coaches Association/USRowing Division III poll, will send two varsity eights to the championships, which will be held May 25-26 at Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge, Tenn.Bates' first varsity eight boat has first-yearRachel Tofel (Bronx, N.Y.) at coxswain, seniorGabby Voeller (Littleton, Colo.) in the stroke seat and first-year Alexia Zhang (Berlin, Conn.) in the bow seat. Seats 2 through 7 are, in order, sophomore Caitlin Murphy (Duxbury, Mass.), sophomore Laura Hubbell (Yarmouth, Maine), junior Laura Director (Wilmington, Del.), sophomore Nicole Ritchie (East Dummerston, Vt.), senior Jaclyn Olson(Norfolk, Mass.) and senior Jeanethe Falvey(Phippsburg, Maine).Bates' second varsity eight boat has sophomoreCharlotte Coulter (Branford, Conn.) at coxswain, sophomore Emily Chandler (North Yarmouth, Maine) in the stroke seat and juniorKara Constantine (Beverly, Mass.) in the bow seat. Seats 2 through 7 are, in order, juniorKate Harmsworth-Morrissey (Brookline, Mass.), junior Catherine Cluett (Sanbornton, N.H.), sophomore Brianna Belanger(Millbridge, Maine), junior Emily Howieson(Holliston, Mass.), first-year Josie Cutts(Kittery Point, Maine) and senior Sarah Ewing(Washington, Conn.). Bates' alternates at nationals will be first-year Danica Doroski(Wayne, Pa.), first-year Chelsea Thibodeau(Duluth, Minn.) and first-year coxswain Lindsay Thomson (West Hartford, Conn.).